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From cone snail venom to pain relief – How conotoxins can be used in pain therapy

Conotoxins are bioactive peptides found in the venom that marine cone snails produce for prey capture and defense. They are used as pharmacological tools to study pain signalling and have

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AfPP bring ‘Building a Sustainable Workforce’ Study Day to Wales

A study day organised by the AfPP is designed to enable healthcare professionals at all levels to develop resilience in order to build a sustainable workforce is to be held

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Perioperative charity receive funding to support digital transformation of patient safety tool

The UK’s leading membership organisation for operating theatre practitioners has received significant funding for a new digital transformation project focused on patient safety. The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP), based

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Anaesthesia for breast cancer surgery has no influence on risk of tumour recurrence

Study does not demonstrate long-term advantages of regional anaesthesia for breast cancer surgery and dispels misgivings about the influence of opioids on cancer recurrence. One of the largest global studies

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Virtual reality used to help manage pain at London hospice

A hospice in west London is using virtual reality (VR) technology to help its patients manage anxiety and pain. Meadow House, a 15-bed inpatient unit and day hospice located at

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Laughing gas helpful for labour pain, but epidural still top choice

Women report being very satisfied with nitrous oxide to manage labour pain, experiencing no adverse side effects to the baby, although more than half of the women ultimately opted for an

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A more accurate way to gauge pain in mice, yielding potential to help chronic pain patients

For decades, biomedical researchers have used mouse behaviour to study pain, but some researchers have questioned the accuracy of the interpretations of how mice experience pain. Now, Rutgers University–Camden neuroscientist Nathan Fried and colleagues

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Vygon Group acquires Pilot, specialist in ECG central venous catheter tip location and navigation devices

Company news Vygon Group, a specialist single-use medical devices group, recently announced its acquisition of Italian firm Pilot, which specialises in ECG guidance devices. The financial terms of the agreement have

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Codeine misuse in Australia reduced by prescription-only changes

The move to prescription-only codeine in Australia has seen a 50 per cent reduction in the monthly rate of codeine-related poisoning calls and halved codeine sales, finds new research led

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Urinary catheters not needed for joint replacement surgery

Patients undergoing joint replacement under epidural anaesthesia have no increased risk for postoperative adverse genitourinary (GU) complications by skipping preoperative indwelling urinary catheters, according to a study published in the